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What are gallstones?

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 4, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Most people never think about their gallbladder, or about its role in the human body. The gallbladder typically does its job each day without your knowledge. But for those who have a gallstone attack, the pain is usually so severe that it cannot be ignored.

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Topics: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal

Heartburn and GERD: What you can do

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Most people have experienced heartburn at one time or another. Heartburn is often felt as a burning sensation in the chest, and can be triggered by certain foods and drinks. Heartburn may also be called reflux, gastroesophageal reflux (GER), or acid indigestion. The burning sensation is caused by acid from your stomach that backs up into your esophagus.

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Topics: Heartburn, Gastrointestinal, GERD

Can GERD cause problems with sleep?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 20, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is commonly referred to as GERD, has been deemed a common cause of insomnia and sleeplessness. The heartburn sensation this disease often triggers may prevent you from feeling comfortable and falling asleep in a timely manner. As a result, you may go on to experience other health problems associated with lack of sleep, such as fatigue, irritability, difficulty with concentrating, hormonal imbalance, overeating, and more.

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, GERD

5 ways to treat and curb excessive gas

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Gas can affect individuals in many ways, whether it be in the form of belching, bloating, or flatulence. Though experiencing gas is normal, suffering from excessive gas can be uncomfortable. In most cases, gas is caused by eating combinations of certain foods, but gas can also be caused by health conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, or even colon cancer.

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Topics: Nutrition, Gastrointestinal, Constipation

3 common causes of constipation

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Constipation can make you feel bloated, gassy, and uncomfortable. Constipation is usually described as having fewer than three bowel movements per week, but could also mean that your stools are small and hard, and that you may have to strain yourself during bowel movements. As uncomfortable as constipation can be, you may be able to prevent the condition by knowing about the types of lifestyle habits and health problems that can lead to constipation.

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, Constipation

How to recognize signs of Crohn’s disease

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 8, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Crohn’s disease affects approximately 700,000 adults in the United States, and is a type of chronic inflammatory disease that can affect any part of your gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. In most cases, Crohn’s disease usually affects the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon.

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, Crohn's disease

The relationship between hemorrhoids and obesity

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 6, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Obesity affects more than one-third of all American adults, and is associated with numerous additional health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, infertility, sleep apnea, heart disease, and more. If you are considered overweight or clinically obese, you may also be at higher risk for developing hemorrhoids.

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Topics: Health, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal, Hemorrhoids

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